The DCM Foundation advocates for the safety and health of all those affected by DCM. It supports all measures to reduce the risk of infection to those with DCM and to their family members and friends.
The most important thing you can do is to PROTECT YOURSELF.
The COVID-19 infection is spread primarily through person to person contact. To protect yourself:
- Avoid contact with groups of people and practice social distancing (maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet between persons).
- If you do not need to leave your home for essential daily activities, stay home. This does not mean you cannot go out to walk the dog or take a walk to get fresh air. Just do it and maintain social distancing.
- Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer when unable to wash your hands.
- If you need prescriptions filled, explore mail services instead of going to the pharmacy. Discuss with your doctor the need for in-person telephone or telemedicine appointments. Do not stop taking any of your medications unless directed by your physician.
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has excellent information on how to protect yourself against COVID-19.
People with cardiovascular disease are at high-risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19.
This includes all types of cardiovascular disease, including DCM. There is limited information on the relationship between COVID-19 and heart disease. The Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) prepared a statement about the use of ACE inhibitors used to treat heart failure. Read it here.
Whatever you are told, follow your doctor’s directions.
You may read many different accounts of how this treatment or that drug may help or harm you. Do not follow any direction other than from your physician, as little is known at this time about the interaction of the virus and heart disease. Your physician will have the most up-to-date information to treat your particular condition.